Piffle (Switch eShop)

Piffle (Switch eShop)Piffle (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Hipster Whale
Release Date: 2nd Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

AnorakJimi is a big fan of Piffle:

Think Arkanoid + Puzzle Bobble, make it turn-based, and you have Piffle. A wonderfully addictive + relaxing + beautiful game. You shoot cats at blocks to destroy them, the aim is to ignite a chain reaction, destroy as many blocks in one shot as possible.
It's turn-based, so you've infinite time to plan shots, making it very relaxing, no constant descending blocks like Puzzle Bobble, blocks only move down once you take a shot. Every level introduces new types of blocks that behave differently and add to the destruction, it's infinitely replayable, and you can buy special items that add even more destruction.

Cooking Simulator (Switch eShop)

Cooking Simulator (Switch eShop)Cooking Simulator (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Forever Entertainment
Release Date: 14th May 2020 (USA)

Octokid was apparently melting in 32C heat when they nominated Cooking Simulator:

So I have a game. Cooking Simulator. It has an abundance of recipes to cook. The story mode is fun but challenging too. And Sandbox mode is just epic.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (Switch eShop)

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (Switch eShop)Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (Switch eShop)
Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment / Developer: Bombservice
Release Date: 10th Jan 2019 (USA) / 10th Jan 2019 (UK/EU)

somnambulance nominated 2019's Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight as a hidden gem:

The game is special. While it follows many traditional metroidvania tropes, it has a little bit of heart that pushes it past many of its contemporaries. The muted palette is standard fare, but it’s pared with gorgeous pixel art. The controls are responsive and swift and every attack you land has a weight to it. It’s challenging, but you don’t have to be Metroidvania obsessed to jump in either. Furthermore, the game respects a gamer’s time. It’s only five hours, which is short enough to beat in one sitting, but also to leave a person wanting more.

void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (Switch eShop)

void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (Switch eShop)void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (Switch eShop)
Publisher: NIS America
Release Date: 14th Jul 2020 (USA) / 17th Jul 2020 (UK/EU)

shinesprites recommends a game with a title we always copy+paste just to be safe — void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium:

I highly recommend and love void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium, its production value is through the roof, a unique but thoughtful and solid genuine roguelike with a chilling and somber atmosphere, definitely my favorite game of 2020. Shiren the Wanderer too! But Void Terrarium never gets enough love I feel like.

Cubixx (Switch eShop)

Cubixx (Switch eShop)Cubixx (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Ghostlight
Release Date: 3rd Oct 2019 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Daddoo nominated Cubixx:

It's an arcade puzzler that's a 3D evolution of the arcade classic Qix. You play as a dot riding on lines that make up a cube, each side of the cube is like it's own game of Qix where you claim a certain percentage of each side, dodging enemies along the way. It's addictive and challenging, and even has local multiplayer.

Juiced! (Switch eShop)

Juiced! (Switch eShop)Juiced! (Switch eShop)
Publisher: TimothyvanderHoeven
Release Date: 8th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

And finally (for today, at least), PineappleLake has had fun with Juiced!:

A funny, colorful and challenging retro platformer, in the style of 90’s DOS platformers, with tons of content, like co-op multiplayer, unlockable outfits and secret collectibles.
Every world is unique with different enemies, original boss fights and interesting story twists. There are lots of different weapons and powerups to use, that are quite original and funny.
The game got me hooked and gave me a genuine shot of nostalgia.

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